Not feeling very smug.
October 9, 2012 1:18 AM Subscribe
Desperately seeking alternatives to SmugMug. Emphasis on password-protected galleries, the ability to proof photos and seamless customization (so as to integrate with a pre-existing Wordpress-backed portfolio).
posted by phaedon to computers & internet (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I paid for the top-of-the-line SmugMug package less than a month ago with high hopes. I wanted to give my clients an opportunity to login and privately go through photos from a shoot and pick their favorites electronically (photo proofing). That's what I wanted SmugMug to do and that's what it kind of does.
But the whole thing basically looks like shit and is a pain in the ass. Frankly it makes me look bad to my clients. It does not play well with my Wordpress-backed portfolio - it's like the two aren't on the same planet. Let's not even talk about navigating through the SmugMug admin panel and managing events.
For example: if a client wanted to browse my site and then jump to a private SmugMug gallery, the client would enter a password on my site, and then register with SmugMug and enter a password on their site as well. It's just shit and I'm done with it. That's just one of many nuisances. Big picture, I would rather use something that lets me customize fully and host pictures locally.
So are there any alternatives? I don't need to sell prints. Before you say it, I also tried and hated Zenfolio. I am looking at things like ProPhoto, Pictage, RedCart, ProofPress,
Has anyone tried any of these, or is in the same boat I'm in and knows of anything?. Please hope me.